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  • mistermuse 12:04 am on October 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: animated cartoons, , Bald Is Beautiful, , clip joint, corruption, , hair loss, haircut, , , Lost Horizon, , quid pro quo, , Rudy Giuliani, ,   

    BALD AND FREE — HOW CAN THAT BE? (subtitle: The Bald And The Beautiful) 

    Nothing makes a woman feel as old as watching the bald spot increase on the top of her husband’s head. –Helen Rowland

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    Oct. 7 is BALD AND FREE DAY, but personally, I’m not sure what one has to do with the other. I’m mostly bald, all right, but how free is a married man like me? Of course, I’m just kidding — my wife lets me out of my cage for an hour a week, even though I keep getting balder….and making her feel older. Maybe I shouldn’t be using that hour to get a haircut.


    As the years go by, my barber
    Takes less and less time with my hair
    Which only serves to remind me
    That there’s less and less of it there.

    To be sure, I’m not the only one whose predicament may become a hair-raising experience:

    That gave me a headache just watching it. If only I could trust the dubious ads that involve spending my moo-lah to get to the root of the problem, I might risk springing for mo-hair….but snake oil aside, there must be a less painful way to restore a Lost Hairy zone:

    Hmm. I wonder whether that great humanit-hairian, Donald Trump, would mind parting with some of his spare hair if I could dig up some skullduggery by his political opponents? For example, much corruption has been reported in the Caribbean nation of Hairti — and it’s surely a lock that all of the Democratic Presidential contenders are involved. All I’d have to do is send my nosey friend, Fruity Giuliani, there on behalf of our Pres with a quid pro-boscis that the Pres of Hairti can’t ignore.

    On second thought, if Agent Orange went to my head, my wife might think I’m losing it along with my hair. I might as well keep to my cage, skip my weekly trip to the clip joint, and try to console myself that, after all is said and done….

    Now, if I can only convince my wife.

  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: animated cartoons, Bay of Fundy, born-again, British Columbia, Canada, high tides, , nincompoops, Nova Scotia, , , Terrytoons,   


    I suppose I might’ve waited until July 1 (Canada Day) to publish this post, but winter cold seems more fitting than summer heat for conjuring up Canadian karma. Even in January, having traveled its provinces by car from Nova Scotia to British Columbia in my younger days, I can draw on many warm memories of America’s northern neighbor — not to mention one or two bordering on boorish (experiences at entry points). But that’s ancient history. So, rather than bore you with vacation stories, I’ve decided to bore you with a few neighbor-ly poems:


    On the fossil beach at Joggins,*
    One finds fossil bods and noggins
    Washed up from the Bay of Fundy**
    On tides higher than born-agains on Sunday.

    *Joggins, Nova Scotia
    **haunt of the world’s highest tides


    Lost on my way to old Kamloops,*
    I came upon two nincompoops.
    When I asked where I was, I knew they were dumb:
    They advised me to return where I just came from.

    *Kamloops, British Columbia


    Snow may fall, in fall, in places;
    Like autumn leaves, it leaves its traces.
    Come May, there may still traces be;
    But may I say, it leaves….eventually.

    In departing, I was going to leave you with a clip of an old song called CANADIAN CAPERS, but as I was clipping along, I came across this old cartoon of the same name (it’s not aces, but it’s funny in places):


    • carmen 4:46 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, aren’t you full of surprises, mistermuse?? Good cartoon, too!

      Oh, and we’ve got snow – in fact, we all got a ‘storm day’ on Wednesday; school was cancelled and it snowed pretty much all day. Our grandchildren came yesterday, thinking they’d be able to sled in front of the house, but the snow had all blown away!

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      • mistermuse 7:28 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, knowing you live on the Bay of Fundy, I thought this post might get a “rise” out of you! 🙂

        As you know better than I, Canada’s Maritime Provinces are wonderful to visit. So many beautiful and interesting places to see and experience: Hopewell Rocks, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum, the Anne of Green Gables House — and that’s just scratching the surplus!


        • carmen 7:33 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink

          Ha, ha mistermuse – “scratching the surplus” I could have used that line on Don! 🙂
          P.S. I can see the Bay of Fundy from every window in my house! And if that’s not enough, there’s a wall painting in my living room. .. sheesh!

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 4:50 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse I relished your poems and if they were eatable, then I fancy I would have been more pleasantable. Food for thought? I think it ought to be food for the limbic part of my beleaguered brain. But enough of this dribble I will not quibble but so endorse your poetry as I would a dark horse at the race track. Do we still have these magnificent arenas of overly trainable horses covered with sweat so shiny in the afternoon sun? I would miss the scent of dirt and mulch and horsey deposits all in a mixture along with the nervous energy of those equine and wealthy donners of fancable hats upon the long tresses the young women wear that uncannigly remind me of the mane on the winning mare.
      In other words I loved your poems and you still are my source of inspiration, dear mistermuse.

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      • mistermuse 7:38 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks, Michaeline — it’s good to hear from you again after a bit of an absence. Hope you have been well, and that the new year has been treating you well so far (or, if not treating you, at least not making you pay through the nose). 🙂


        • Michaeline Montezinos 4:48 pm on January 16, 2016 Permalink

          Thank you for your good wishes mistermuse. Yes I have been absent due to two accidental falls in July.. One into my kitchen and one into my “vanitory” That word is in my Scrabble dictionary. I finally found one good primary care doctor and about a hundred specialists. I feel like I have been through a maze with so many office visits and two ‘adbombnible’ procedures that I did not enjoy. Of course the doctors want to repeat them again. Like the late Mrs. Nixon, I am “just saying no to drugs.” and more procedures. All of this medical attention has been hitting my pocket book with intense fury. Lucky us since we have secondary insurance and Medicare, of course. Since March of last year I have written two poems but now I am working on the composing of more rhymes. I gave up on writing my life story. I will continue reading your column as I have been doing unknown to you and the gang.. I was just too hurt to write many comments. Have a happy New Year and stay warm; I heard it is beastly cold up there.:-)


        • mistermuse 6:07 pm on January 16, 2016 Permalink

          Sorry to hear about your accidents., Michaeline. I know what you mean about excessive “procedures” – sometimes they reach a point where you begin to wonder if the only thing they’re accomplishing is making $ for the specialists.

          Yes, old man winter came late this year (first snowfall Jan. 12, the second latest first snowfall on record), but he now seems determined to stick around a while, as do I. You do the same.


    • Don Frankel 6:41 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      All these things going on in Canada, who knew?

      I see shades of the rascally rabbit in this cartoon and it seems the best laid plans of “mice an men (and mosquitoes) Gang aft agley”,

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      • carmen 6:44 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Why Don, we’ve got all that and more! 😉

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      • mistermuse 9:02 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Don, after taking a second look at that cartoon, I like it even more than the first time. The scene where the old man throws the bird eggs from his beard to the ground where, instead of smashing, they become instant birdies, is especially funny….and the moose reflection-in-the-water scene reminds me of the mirror scene in the Marx Brothers DUCK SOUP, which was filmed two years later.


    • ladysighs 7:17 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You are going to be sorry you mentioned Canadian Capers. Somewhere deep down in some obscure folder I am sure I have that song. lol
      Be prepared! 😉

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    • Midwestern Plant Girl 9:22 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      OMG! Ice skating mosquitoes. That is scary.

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    • mistermuse 10:05 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Who knew that in winter, mosquitoes not only survive, but thrive? It would serve them right if they got frostbite (or died pleading from reading my rhymes).


    • arekhill1 10:35 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      A stirring tribute to the true North strong and free, Sr. Muse. Did you feel constrained by copyright law from adding a cartoon of Dudley Do-right and Nell?


    • mistermuse 11:43 am on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I apologize for not doing right by Dudley, but I’ll keep him in mind if I ever do CANADIAN CAPERS II….which of course depends on the original being a box office smash before I do a sequel. Or maybe I’ll settle for half a million Likes.


    • hooklineandinkwell 5:57 pm on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is brilliantly entertaining! I love your play on words and how you capture the Canadian essence so very well. Great work, eh!

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    • mistermuse 11:26 pm on January 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I regret that, although I’ve been as far northeast as Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, I never made it to your neck of the woods in Newfoundland. From what I’ve read, it’s a land of much natural beauty.


    • hooklineandinkwell 4:07 am on January 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You are welcome! Many folks travelling the Canadian landscape don’t make it to our dear province but our door is always open. Hopefully you will make it here sometime and you can write all about it’s beauty from experience 🙂

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      • carmen 6:31 am on January 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll vouch for that, ‘hook’ – love Newfoundland’s rugged beauty and the most friendly people of Canada! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 3:49 pm on January 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Apparently the above comment didn’t make it here whole, but the gist of it is that you should do as I did and click on ladysighs (above) to view and listen to her excellent post and vocalizing.


    • RMW 12:42 pm on January 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Fun poems, a little chuckle…

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: animated cartoons, , , , owls, , , skeletons, ,   


    Boys and girls (or vice-versa), we are on a 3-day roll, and you are in the middle of it: Dec. 4 was Santa’s List Day, Dec. 5 is Walt Disney’s birthday, and Dec. 6 is St. Nicholas Day.

    I certainly hope you made it unto Santa’s “good” list yesterday. Not only is it bad if you didn’t, but you’re running out of time to change Santa’s mind before he comes to town:

    As for Dec. 5, what would visions of Christmas be like without Walt Disney having contributed to bringing them to life? But frankly, boys and girls, who remembers his birthday, because Walt has been dead for 49 years! Despair not, however, because his body is rumored to have been frozen and put in a vault, like a reel of disintegrating old film, awaiting restoration when science conquers death! Walt Disney, as you know — now that I’m telling you — is said to have been fascinated with death since killing an owl at age seven (referring, of course, to Walt — the owl’s age at the time is not known). Whether it was the same owl who-o-o is seen in this scene is also unknown….but, oh, what a hoot:

    That leaves us with St. Nicholas Day, which is celebrated, appropriately enough in light of the above, not on his birthday, but on the day of his reported death, Nov. 6, 343 A.D. As I’m sure you girls and boys have been told, Santa Claus is really St. Nicholas….or, at least (given that he most likely would be too arthritic for the job at his age if he were still alive), his ghost. What better way to close than with a visit from the old boy himself:

    • ladysighs 5:23 am on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t seen those two videos. Probably before my time. 😉 You can’t do better than those. Ten minutes well spent and just about, almost, well maybe they are getting me into the holiday spirit. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 6:35 am on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      What a treat “The Skeleton Dance” is — so creative and imaginative, I had to watch it twice when I found it on Youtube. Even after all these years since it was made in 1929, those skeletons are as fresh and lively as if they had just died yesterday!


    • Midwestern Plant Girl 7:37 am on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I had never heard of St. Nick day until about 2 years ago, when a coworker filled me in. Have I been under a rock? How long has this been around?
      I’ve always loved the skeleton dance! It always seemed ahead of its time for animation.

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    • mistermuse 11:26 am on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wikipedia says that in 1994, “The Skeleton Dance” was voted the 18th best animated cartoon of all time, so it really was ahead of its time (IF cartoons can be ranked objectively by voting, but then that’s how politics, Academy Awards, and where my wife & I go out to eat (she gets two votes) are decided, so who am I to quibble). 🙂


    • arekhill1 1:21 pm on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ho, ho, ho


      • mistermuse 7:38 pm on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thrice (“Ho, ho, ho”) as nice and (arekhill) 1 and done
        to this good boy bring joy and fun.
        His Santa act was short but sweet,
        but he’d better leave gifts next time we meet.


    • Mitch 2:13 pm on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      For many Uncle Walt IS Saint Nicholas. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 8:02 pm on December 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      To paraphrase The Bard: That which we call a saint by any other name would still be Catholic or Greek Orthodox, neither of which applied to Walt….but I’m an ex-Catholic, so why should I care what he is! 😦 🙂


    • Joseph Nebus 10:03 pm on December 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wait, nobody thought to cut the owl in half and count its rings?


    • mistermuse 10:47 pm on December 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Apparently nobody gave a hoot….which reminds me of the joke about the wooden Indian who, when a little boy boasted he could cut him in half without a saw, said “How.” (I didn’t say it was very funny.)


    • Mél@nie 2:29 pm on December 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      1st of all: I love Bruce aka the Boss… oh, Disney was an “archer”(Sagittarius) – reckoned to be “the clowns of the zodiac”… 🙂

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      2nd of all: you may know that in Germany, Austria and the East of France, St-Nick(laus) is far more important than Father X-mas…

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    • mistermuse 11:56 pm on December 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the info. I must admit that I’ve never had an interest in astrology, so I don’t connect birth dates with signs. No doubt it makes for interesting trivia, but I’m already so full of trivia that I couldn’t eat another bite. 🙂

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      • Mél@nie 12:07 am on December 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        signs have often helped me recall b’days… 🙂 I’ve read and studied some “psycho-astrology” about the characteristics of each sign(man & woman) – quite interesting and useful to figure out and to understand certain things, reactions, facts, deeds, etc… 🙂

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  • mistermuse 1:16 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: animated cartoons, , , , ,   


    When I was growing up, my favorite Disney cartoon character was Donald Duck (known south of the border as Donaldo El Ducko). South of what border, you ask? It’s a borderline call. Anyway, back then, if you played word association and said “Donald,” chances are you’d get “Duck” in response. Today, if you said “Donald,” you’d probably get “Trump” in response (known without borders as Donaldo El Ego).

    Good, old, irascible Donald Duck. None of that Mickey Mouse stuff for him. Donald has an attitude. He also has a “birthday” today. Quoting Wikipedia: Donald Duck first appeared in the 1934 cartoon The Wise Little Hen which was part of the Silly Symphonies series of theatrical cartoon shorts. The film’s release date of June 9 is officially recognized by the Walt Disney Company as Donald’s birthday.

    To celebrate, here’s a 1949 cartoon marking Donald’s 15th birthday. I don’t know that it stands the test of time as well as some other animated cartoons of the period, perhaps partly due to it not being one of his best. In any event, it’s the most appropriate one for the occasion. Happy Birthday, Donald(o) (El) Duck(o)!

    • BroadBlogs 2:17 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Mom says I had a Donald Duck accent as a toddler. Which is to say, she couldn’t understand anything I said.

      Happy birthday Donald Duck!

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    • mistermuse 3:42 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love that Donald Duck voice! It’s probably the most memorable of any cartoon character not voiced by Mel Blanc (the Man of a 1000 Voices, including Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam and 998 others).


    • Don Frankel 4:21 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wait a second if you say Donald people say Trump? You mean they don’t say…. Mattingly?

      You know when you haven’t watched these in awhile it’s amazing to see the quality of the artwork. Even with modern day computers they can’t match it.

      Happy Birthday Donald Duck!


    • mistermuse 5:18 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Or Frankel would be even better, Don.

      As for the artwork, one could say Disney could afford the best, but he wasn’t the only one producing great animated cartoons in those days.


    • arekhill1 6:48 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m pretty sure Mattingly was (is) a Don, not a Donald.


    • mistermuse 10:07 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Same with Mafia Don, though I’m not sure which one had the most hits.


    • Joseph Nebus 10:15 pm on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      As a kid I wanted to like Donald Duck, but I ended up shying away because I could see when he lost his temper he was just digging a deeper hole for himself and I couldn’t bear it.

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    • mistermuse 11:54 pm on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wile E Coyote always dug a hole for himself too, but though you knew it was coming, that was the fun of it..


  • mistermuse 11:35 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: animated cartoons, , Mel Blanc, Universal Studios, Walter Lantz, woodpeckers, Woody Woodpecker   


    Do you believe in omens? This morning, when I went outside to retrieve the Sunday paper from a mud puddle or the bushes (depending on the weather and/or the aim of the paper-route guy), I heard woodpeckers pecking away front and back. One or the other isn’t unusual, but to hear this clatter coming from both directions simultaneously was a first. What, if anything, did this portend?

    It turns out that on this day 21 years ago (March 22, 1994), Walter Lantz died at the age of 94. Who was Walter Lantz, you ask (unless you already knew or don’t give a damn)? Well, I’m glad you may have asked, otherwise I would feel like a useless pile of wood chips. Walter Lantz was the creator of Woody Woodpecker, that’s who. And the story of how it happened is a riveting one — get it? Hahahahaha:

    From 1928 to 1940, Lantz had been producing cartoons (principally Oswald the Lucky Rabbit) for Universal Studios. In 1940, he and his new wife (actress Grace Stafford) were on their honeymoon, and kept hearing a woodpecker pecking constantly on their roof. Lantz had been seeking a fresh new character for a cartoon series, so his wife suggested a woodpecker, and the rest wood be history. It is also worth noting that the legendary man-of-a-thousand-voices, Mel Blanc, supplied Woody’s voice for the first three cartoons. After Blanc left for Leon Schlesinger/Warner Bros., others supplied Woody’s voice, but Blanc’s unique laugh continued to be used throughout the cartoons.

    Want more Woody? Here’s an early clip (1941, 3rd in the series) titled PANTRY PANIC:

    • martafrant 11:39 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      hm I wrote about Woody Woodpecker 2 days ago in my post “Are you there, Humor…?” amm do you believe in omens? 🙂

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    • ladysighs 11:59 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Memories of Saturday afternoon at the movies. But only after doing my chores. 😦 I didn’t miss too often. 🙂

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    • arekhill1 12:52 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Saturday morning cartoons for me.


    • mistermuse 12:54 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Those were the days, my friend.
      Too bad they had to end.
      But end they did
      though I’m still a kid
      in part
      at heart.


    • Joseph Nebus 3:57 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      There was a time in my childhood when Woody Woodpecker was extremely important to me. Now, I look back, and … I can see most of that, but also I can see where they made the same cartoon over and over a lot.


    • mistermuse 4:27 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Woody wasn’t one of my favorites, but I’ve always gotten a kick out of that laugh. I kinda dig that 1941 cartoon too.


    • Don Frankel 12:32 pm on March 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is priceless. You can bet they don’t make cartoons like that anymore. It is hardly politically correct. Ahh the poor Moose.


    • mistermuse 1:31 pm on March 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, you got that right. I just watched the cartoon again, and the more I watch it, the funnier it gets. And I thought we had “hard water’ around here!


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